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Whistle-Blower Law Unlikely To Help Italy's Migrants

Italy's government has passed a law that would grant work and residence permits to illegal migrants who report exploitive employers. But the economic crisis means the law is unlikely to be effective, as desperate migrants compete for limited work and the illegal economy grows.
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NYT Excerpt: Offshore Banking In Belize

In his New York Times column, Adam Davidson describes setting up an offshore company — and discovering that it just takes a little money and less effort.
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Hosting The Olympics

Officials in London hope the Olympics will be an economic boon for the city, but prior hosts have found that's not always the case. Diane and guests discuss the economics of hosting the Olympics.

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Waitress, There's A Spy In My Soup (Or At Least There's One Serving It)

The government of North Korea has been pushing to open restaurants in cities around the world. Now there's word that the waitresses may also be spying on the customers, especially if the patrons are from South Korea.
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Political Crisis Behind The Faltering Eurozone

Spain's recession has deepened and Spanish borrowing rates are at the highest level since the euro was introduced in 1999. Walter Russell Mead of The American Interest and Steven Erlanger of the New York Times talk about the long-term political effects of the euro crisis.
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A Case For Continued 'Forward Engagement'

Now is not the time to pull back on military and foreign engagement, according to former Undersecretary of Defense Michele Flournoy. In Foreign Affairs, she argues that strategic military deployments abroad, a policy of "forward engagement," help preserve the United States' standing in the world.
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'The Twilight War' Between The U.S. And Iran

In The Twilight War, historian David Crist outlines the secret history of America's 30-year conflict with Iran. Based on interviews with hundreds of officials as well as classified military archives, the book details how the covert war has repeatedly threatened to bring the two nations into open warfare.
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For Opening Ceremonies, An Olympic Secret Is Hard To Keep

With the London 2012 Opening Ceremony just days away, armies of costumed performers are rehearsing in Olympic Park. They offer clues to the big show, which organizers are trying to keep under wraps.

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